Trent Nguyen, PhD

Core Faculty
MA in Psychology


(310) 578-1080 ext. 339

PhD, University of Texas
MA, Dallas Baptist University
MA, Catholic Theological Union
BS, University of Texas

I hold a PhD from the University of Texas, an MA from Dallas Baptist University, an MA from Catholic Theological Union, and a BS from the University of Texas. I have experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of psychology, counseling, sociology, social work, health sciences, and human services.  I am the editor of Domestic violence in Asian American communities and Many paths, one purpose: Career paths for social work and human services majors.  I have published 20 research articles focusing on intimate partner abuse, Asian American youth identity development, and depression among the elderly population.  I have served on 23 thesis and dissertation committees. I am on the editorial boards of the Journal of Emotional Abuse, Qualitative Report, Violence Against Women, and the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. Prior to my present academic profession, I was in private practice working with court-ordered populations struggling with substance abuse, domestic violence, and other mental health issues.

I believe that learning is a continuous, everyday process and that education is a multifaceted stimulus in the progress of life. Learning goes on between students and teachers, as well as between teachers and students–in other words, it’s a process that integrates between all of us. We learn and grow from experiences and from each other, and the constant interaction between people offers continuous opportunities for learning at all levels. Everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner at different stages of life; and therefore, people need each other to help bring to the surface what they already know and then to broaden and refine those ideas and concepts in order to become significant individuals who can offer special attributes that positively influence our own daily lives as well as society.

  • Groups
  • Research and Writing
  • Child/Adolescent Development
  • Process II
  • Couples Counseling